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Clark County lags behind in economic recovery

10:01 p.m. September 17
Census Bureau numbers paint a depressing picture of local economy

Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Long lines for Cabela's opening in Portland area

By Associated Press September 18, 2014 11:28 a.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. — Lines formed early as excited shoppers prepared for Thursday's grand opening of a Cabela's store in the Portland area.

Poverty numbers increase across Washington

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press September 18, 2014 9:36 a.m.

SEATTLE — More people were living in poverty in Washington in 2013 than in 2012, even as the numbers remained steady across the nation, according to new figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Extended warranties are a big sell, but are they worth it?

By CAROLE FELDMAN, Associated Press September 18, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one such as a television or phone.

Eyeing lighter offerings, Pizza Hut testing 'Skinny Slice' pies

By Associated Press September 18, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

Clark County lags behind in economic recovery

By Erin Middlewood September 17, 2014 10:01 p.m.

Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Study: Washington, Oregon invest in fossil fuel projects

By Aaron Corvin September 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.

State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.

FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press September 17, 2014 5:32 p.m.

DALLAS — Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

Washington jobless rate stays at 5.6 percent

By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press September 17, 2014 5:22 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Washington's unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6 percent last month, but the state saw an overall loss of 1,500 jobs from the previous month, state officials said Wednesday.

Consumer prices fall for first time in 16 months on lower gas costs

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times September 17, 2014 3:42 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices fell in August for the first time in 16 months as lower gasoline costs helped keep inflation tame, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

Dow hits record as Fed stands pat on interest rate

By Associated Press September 17, 2014 3:26 p.m.

NEW YORK — The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday.

Singletary: Erase debt ahead of retirement

By Michelle Singletary September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

When people talk about retirement, it's often in the context of how much money they've got to save for their senior years.

Applebaum elected to Northwest Pipe board

By The Columbian September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Northwest Pipe Co. says Michelle Galanter Applebaum has been elected to the company's board of directors. Applebaum, who has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, also was appointed to the board's audit committee, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of steel pipe said in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

By Stephanie Rice September 16, 2014 9:02 p.m.

Try describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver's Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver's GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press September 16, 2014 7:04 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

Northwest Natural Gas Co. seeks 6 percent rate hike

By The Columbian September 16, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Northwest Natural Gas Company has filed a proposed rate change with the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission. The rate proposal includes a 6 percent residential increase, which means the average homeowner would pay about $3.65 more per month. The average business customer would see an increase of about 6.4 percent, or $16.14 per month.